Academy closure information – updated 1 April 2020

Updated 1 April 2020

Please find below an update on the eVouchers available for those children eligible for Free School Meals.

NCEA – FSM eVoucher information – April 2020

Updated 20 March 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

Today we will be looking at how we can support critical workers in the fight against Covid-19.

The Government advice is that if you are able to look after your child at home without it affecting your role then you should do so.

This afternoon, our academy will close until further notice and then we plan to re-open on Monday 23rd March 2020 from 8.30am with school ending at 3.05pm. This is ONLY for the children of critical workers at National Church of England Academy.

This provision is not compulsory and is entirely your choice. The government have made it clear that the provision is purely to provide a safe place for children and the National Curriculum has ceased. Nevertheless, for those attending, we expect students to still wear uniform and follow normal school rules. We will fully respect the decision you take, based on the needs of your child, and if you can, you should keep your child at home. If your child is self-isolating for 14 days, please keep them off until this time has passed.

The list of critical workers can be found here.

If you are a critical worker and are intending to send your child, please complete the online form here.

Staffing levels have been changing on a daily basis. We will be able to provide a service with a skeleton staff that will remain safe for our staff and students of critical workers. If staffing, including safeguarding staff, ever fell to a level where safety was compromised, we would obviously close and give parents as much warning as possible. We would speak with the Local Education Authority and try to offer an alternative school to keep the support going. We are currently able to manage with a much smaller group of children and therefore fewer staff. We will be able to provide catering on site as usual but with a limited selection due to reduced staffing. Easter holiday provision will be decided closer to the time and we will do our very best to support you if we can.

Over the coming weeks we will upload work for students to complete and update our community in the usual way. We will explain in detail how students can access this work before Monday. Our website, social media channels, ParentMail and IT support services are all externally supported and currently that support continues to exist. Yesterday ParentMail crashed in the afternoon so we unfortunately only managed to get a message on our website last night.

Please note that parents/guardians will be expected to continue to observe all advice in relation to COVID-19 in accessing this provision. If you suspect a member of your family has contracted the virus, please follow guidance from the NHS here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Free School Meals (FSM) E-vouchers for local food suppliers will be sent directly via email where possible. In all other cases they will be printed and posted. We expect this to be in place for Monday, 23rd March 2020.

Again, I thank all of you for your understanding at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our community. Please stay safe and follow all of the government advice closely.

Mr M Brailsford
Principal

Further updated 19 March 2020

Update on assessments and examinations 

Yesterday, we confirmed that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year. Tomorrow we will provide greater clarity on how students and young people will be awarded the examination results that they deserve.

We will continue to update you as and when we receive information.

Mr M Brailsford
Principal

Updated 19 March 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

Firstly, thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

Following the governments announcements last night, I will be meeting and communicating with a number of people over the next few days and will be in a better position to give you clarity over what the school intends to do once that happens.

With regards to many of the announcements last night, including the announcement that exams would not take place in May and June, we were made aware of these at exactly the same time as the public and we had no prior warning. Currently we have not been sent any further information.

When we receive further guidance from the government regarding examinations, and precise details of who is a key worker (the cabinet are agreeing today) and specifically which vulnerable groups may attend school, beyond what has already been said, we will inform you via our website and ParentMail.

Thank you.

Mr M Brailsford
Principal

Updated 18 March 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

Firstly, may I thank you for your patience and understanding during recent days surrounding the ongoing situation concerning the coronavirus outbreak. As a new Principal, it has been truly heart-warming to receive so many messages of support for our school community and for that we are all very grateful.

Many of you will be aware that yesterday, the Holgate Academy closed their doors to students just before lunch time because of a combination of staff shortage and because of a confirmed case within their extended school community.

Whilst there has not been an urgent need for us to take the same immediate action, this morning, trustees, governors and I here at the academy made the decision to close the school site to students after the school day has completed on Friday 20th March 2020. This decision has been taken after considering a number of factors, including attendance projections of both our staff and students, the ongoing welfare of staff and students and our social responsibility to the wider community that we serve in Hucknall and the surrounding towns and villages.

We hope that by making this pre-emptive and proactive decision, we are allowing you as parents and guardians sufficient time to arrange any necessary childcare arrangements and make any other plans that will need to be in place when the inevitable closure would come. It will also allow our teaching staff to put in place the best online education measures and brief our students on how to benefit from these as much as possible.

As a team, we are also very aware of the number of parents and guardians that work for the NHS and invite you to contact us as soon as possible (no later than 3.30pm on Friday 20th March) if that includes you. This will enable us to help you find assistance, where we can, with any challenges that you may face as a result of the closure.

Equally, many of our students use our Free School Meals provision and we are currently awaiting government advice to confirm our plans that will allow this essential service to continue serving that need.

Despite all the aforementioned practicalities, our number one priority throughout this whole situation has been the holistic welfare of our students and staff and we feel that in order to preserve this, the decision, though not taken lightly, is the right and proper one.

We will of course be keeping our website up to date with the latest news regarding the academy and online teaching provision so please check on there and our social media channels for ongoing updates.

All that remains is for me to wish you a healthy and safe Easter and to assure you that we will look forward to seeing everyone back at the academy after the Easter holidays, unless you are otherwise informed.

Like us, please continue to pray for the welfare and safety of our students, staff, their families and our wider school community.

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Brailsford
Principal

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